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, whittled down by all of these different people -- chris: sounded like mr. miller from the i.r.s. >> there was nothing left. chris: let me talk about something that a lot of people have a hard time getting their hooks in. as a a.p. reporter in the past, you know the huge importance of a.p., everybody relies on a.p. what is the significance and what is going on here? why did the government go after these logs of information about who a.p. reporters have been talking to? >> it's problematic. they took the mainline numbers. i would have sources call me on those main numbers. it gets routed straight to my phone. they didn't just capture the particular reporters who are working on a story about a leak that they were concerned about. the a.p. is, of course, a nonprofit organization and it is relied on by everyone else in the media. when you're considering the implications of that, going after the a.p. in particular is in some ways more probable matic than going after some other institution. the a.p. has pointed out aggressively that the big problem with this is how broad and sweepi
day. i saw mr. miller, the soon to be former head of the irs, look at congress and be essentially unresponsive, be essentially, gee, somebody was responsible, i don't know the name, yes, maybe i can get the name for you. that gives you a sense that maybe congress can't get to the bottom of this. maybe an independent council would be a better route. >> some institutions have a no-surprise rule, which is you need to make sure the person at the top, who is the president in this case, he is constitutionally responsible for the whole executive branch, to be told about things that are going on that are bad. and you can't kind of say, oh, that happened last year and they're investigating. you need to stop the bad things right away. >> and the difficulty is this criticism of passivity, as you all are suggesting and i'm challenging you with the other side of that argument but the idea that he is still in charge of the government, has accountability and has to project accountability as we ask all presidents to do. >> in the irs case it doesn't seem passive. wonderful king strauss of the wal
apologized that groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny. the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. ed questnss theyd. >> reporter: this after the white house trying to tamp down criticism over the response to the benghazi attack, released 100 pages of e-mails and notes on wednesday. and the president came under fire this week for the justice department's widely criticized seizure of journalist phone records. >> how do you feel about comparisons of your critic's comparisons of this week's scandals to nixon? >> reporter: the scandals could threaten the second-term agenda. >> a relatively limited window to get things done, and this is eating into it. >> reporter: the irs controversy could have the most staying power, because the agency impacts average americans. >> the irs knows the controversy is the one easiest to understand and could be the most damaging. >> reporter: another reason the irs scandal has staying power, frid
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